The friendly city of Lakewood has an enviable location just 10 minutes from downtown Denver to the east and the breathtaking grandeur of the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west. Colorado’s fifth-largest city is a diverse community of approximately 157,000; 15.9% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. Along with close proximity to big-city amenities, Lakewood offers unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The city is home to 7,000 acres of parkland, five golf courses, miles of hiking and biking trails and numerous reservoirs and lakes for fishing, swimming and recreational boating.
Local health care costs 12.2% below the U.S. national average are another draw for seniors, along with easy access to the metro area’s highest-rated medical facility, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. Lakewood offers a wide range of senior living options for independent-minded retirees, and those seeking a supportive assisted living setting can expect to pay $4,500 per month on average. This guide features eight assisted living communities worth considering.
Brookdale Green Mountain
12791 W. Alameda Pkwy.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Brookdale Green Mountain is situated on Lakewood’s western border, conveniently close to restaurants, shopping, William F. Hayden Park and the renowned Red Rocks amphitheater. This pet-friendly community made our list because of its holistic approach to senior living that promotes the well-being of mind, body and soul. The attentive staff helps foster a homelike atmosphere where friendship and social engagement are emphasized. Green Mountain’s 45 assisted living residents enjoy cozy studios or spacious one-bedroom apartments and inviting dining and gathering spaces. The outdoor courtyards and secure walking paths beckon residents to sit and relax or take an invigorating stroll.
3151 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227
Situated along the beautiful Bear Creek greenbelt, Brookdale Lakewood is a dream location for outdoor-loving seniors seeking a worry-free, independent lifestyle. The community exudes warmth and charm from the cozy living room with fireplace to the comfy studio apartments its assisted living residents call home. Supportive, friendly staff are on hand 24/7 to provide seniors with tailored assistance such as personal care, medication management and completing day-to-day tasks. This leaves residents free to enjoy the many amenities and activities such as the garden, greenhouse, library, computer center, walking clubs and frequent excursions to area destinations.
Lakewood Reserve Senior Living
555 S. Pierce St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Lakewood Reserve is an upscale assisted living community situated near Belmar Square’s eateries and shops and the city’s thriving downtown. This caring community’s sole focus is helping seniors stay active and living life to the fullest. Residents enjoy a bevy of amenities including an elegantly appointed dining room serving scrumptious chef-prepared meals, an intimate bistro, a well-stocked library, a community movie theater and an on-site fitness center and spa. We included Lakewood Reserve in our list because of their innovative suite of wellness services, on-site access to primary care and concierge assistance arranging outside medical services.
The Granville Assisted Living Center
1325 Vance St.
Lakewood, CO 80214
The Granville Assisted Living Center appeals to seniors who prefer a caring, family-like atmosphere. This privately-owned community is situated close to dining, shopping and essential services, Lakewood’s BelMar district and Denver’s historic Highland Square. On-site, residents can spend time in the beautiful cloister garden, relax in the library with a good book or join an energizing game of volleyball. The Granville is on our Lakewood list because of the consistent high praise given the dedicated, long-term staff who go above and beyond to ensure residents feel at home.
Applewood Place Assisted Living
2800 Youngfield St.
Lakewood, CO 80215
With its welcoming covered porches, expansive landscaped grounds and handsome interior spaces, Applewood Place Assisted Living evokes a sense of peace and comfort. The facility promotes an active lifestyle with programs such as Connections, which provides seniors with a personalized plan of leisure and recreational activities. Residents may also benefit from the full complement of wellness services including health monitoring, primary care, occupational, physical and speech therapy, and 24-hour, on-call licensed nursing care. Transportation services are provided so residents can enjoy life-enriching outings for shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Homestead at Lakewood
2121 Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80214
The Homestead Lakewood’s lush 4.5 acre setting with its walking paths, flower gardens, soothing fountain and flagstone courtyard is ideal for nature-loving seniors looking for a secure, relaxed assisted living environment. The beautifully appointed dining areas, library, music and community rooms and individual resident apartments are purposefully designed to create an intimate, homelike atmosphere. Experienced 24-hour staff provide individualized assisted living services to suit residents’ unique needs. The Homestead also offers beauty/barber, housekeeping and transportation services as well as an array of engaging social activities.
Brookdale University Park
2020 S. Monroe St.
Denver, CO 80210
Brookdale University Park is a luxury high-rise senior community located close to Lakewood and within walking distance of restaurants, shops and essential services. The facility’s bright, upscale apartment homes range from cozy studios to expansive balconied two-bedroom units offering outstanding views of the mountains or Denver’s skyline. Attentive staff are available around-the-clock to provide personalized support and concierge services so residents can relax and enjoy the community’s array of amenities. They may decide to pursue a new hobby in the art studio or woodworking shop, improve their swing on the community putting green, join a fitness class, attend the nightly social hour or enjoy a chef-prepared meal in the elegant dining room.
Sunrise at Cherry Creek
251 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246
Sunrise of Cherry Creek offers a warm and comforting ambiance with its gracious design, tastefully furnished common areas and light-filled resident apartments. The mission of the long-tenured staff is making each senior feel at home. One example is the Signature Dining program that encourages resident input into the daily menu of delicious, from-scratch fare that features fresh, local ingredients. Seniors can choose from a wide array of fun and fulfilling activities: They can join an exercise or art class, take part in a prayer and praise hour, join the resident-sponsored walking club or attend a wine-and-cheese social. Regular excursions are also planned, such as weekly shopping and “lunch bunch” outings to local eateries.
Is Lakewood the Right Choice for You?
Named on Livability’s 2018 Best Places to Live list, Lakewood has a lot to offer seniors seeking an active, outdoorsy lifestyle with plenty of culture, shopping, dining and entertainment options close by. Lakewood’s door-to-door senior transportation services, sophisticated Cultural Center, downtown Belmar Square shopping district and Heritage Center with its museum, festival venue and amphitheatre make it an ideal place to call home.